Freire's Analysis Of The Student And Teacher Relationship In Education

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Freire starts the base for his essay around the student-teacher relationship, and the dysfunction within. He is very right in saying that the process of teaching is akin to the banking system. This often leads to a poor relationship between the pupil and the almighty instructor. However, is this relationship and the teaching method a package deal? The current approach to teaching is the banking concept, which can lead to an oppressive environment, which is caused by the poor student-teacher relationship. I agree that a different teaching method could be more effective, but I do not agree that the current one can never be improved upon or does not ever work. I would like to demonstrate this through a pair of teachers that I had the somewhat …show more content…
Carrico, the math teacher that has burned horrible memories into my mind. When I had her as a teacher it got to the point where I would panic every day over going to her class. She was the typical stand in front of the class and fill your head with math until it oozed back out your ears kind of teacher. The “narrating subject and patient, listening objects (pg. 1)” was the embodiment of her class. We as the students would listen and hope to learn enough to pass the tests. I gave up early on ever understanding the class because she was only capable of teaching one way. If a student didn’t understand a concept the first time, then they probably never would because she would just explain it the exact same way again. The funny thing about this was the fact that Mrs. Carrico could not understand why students that were struggling would not come for extra help outside of class. When Freire says, “The teacher confuses the authority of knowledge with his or her own professional authority… (pg. 3)” he perfectly describes a fault of Mrs. Carrico as a teacher. She felt that she was more important than any of the students, and would even take time from class every day because she would be out in the hall having a conversation with one colleague or another. This is the dark side of the banking method that Freire focuses on where the teacher is the oppressor of the classroom. She is very much the stereotypical teacher to fit the …show more content…
Pete, on the other hand, was easily one of the greatest teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. Instead of fitting the image of the essay, Mr. Pete is more similar to the statement, “From the outset, her efforts must coincide with those of the students to engage in critical thinking… (pg. 5)” He shared a lot of the same feelings as students when it came to the way education works. He interacts with the students largely through jokes and comedy, which is interesting since he’s a biology teacher. His favorite motto is “you have to make your own fun,” and he lives by this in his classroom. He is able to joke around and bring himself down to the same level as the students by not acting like he’s better than they are. On one occasion, he even went so far as to dress in a homemade Iggy Izaela costume for the entertainment of the students, and himself. These are attributes of him that he incorporates into his teaching to be more effective. He also does not let standardized tests dictate what he teaches. He focuses on what he thinks we need to learn since we are at the point in our lives where we make the most mistakes. When there is some kind of scandal or gossip going around the school, Mr. Pete takes this as an opportunity to teach a life lesson to the students. Sometimes it’s about common sense, others might be about how to treat people, or how the real world works. When a Brookville student hears the words “Mr. Pete’s spiels” they know that they are in

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